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Chemical Recycling of Mixed Waste Plastics Research Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
Scholarship for a PhD student to conduct research in the field of chemical engineering, computational fluid dynamics and heterogeneous chemical kinetics.

Highlights

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University of Sydney’s RTP stipend rate (for up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD student at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Hold an honours or master's degree and previous research experience
  • Conduct research into the field of chemical engineering, computational fluid dynamics and heterogeneous chemical kinetics
15 February 2021  15 March 2021 

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

An extension of up to 6 months might be possible and it will be subject to funding and the research need at that time.

Subject to the approval from the Faculty of Engineering at the time of award, the Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) will be provided for a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

An extension of the academic course fees and SSAF for up to two research periods might be possible and it will be subject to approval from the Faculty and research needed at that time. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.
  • be willing to conduct research into the field of chemical engineering, computational fluid dynamics and heterogeneous chemical kinetics at high temperatures to scale-up, optimise and model of chemical recycling of mixed waste plastics.
  • hold at least one of the following degrees in Engineering or Science disciplines:
        I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent, or
        II. Master’s degree.
  • demonstrate previous research experience through thesis, publications or prior research projects.

Background

Waste plastic is a growing problem in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Many plastics are uneconomic to process using conventional physical recycling technologies.

Recent advances have already demonstrated that thermochemical approaches can convert waste contaminated plastic into a feedstock for remanufacturing plastic.

The Scale-up, Optimisation and Modelling of Chemical Recycling of Mixed Waste Plastics Postgraduate Research Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research in using advanced engineering reactors to become the next generation of processing technology that specifically targets the conversion of mixed and contaminated (non-recyclable), post-consumer waste plastic into feedstock materials for the virgin plastics manufacturing industry.

This scholarship is funded by a Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) between Integrated Green Energy Solutions LTD, Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd and the University of Sydney. 

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research in using advanced engineering reactors to become the next generation of processing technology that specifically targets the conversion of mixed and contaminated (non-recyclable), post-consumer waste plastic into feedstock materials for the virgin plastics manufacturing industry.

b. This Scholarship is funded by a Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) between Integrated Green Energy Solutions LTD, Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd and the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into the field of Chemical Engineering, Computational Fluid dynamics, and heterogeneous chemical kinetics at high temperatures to scale-up, optimise and model of Chemical Recycling of Mixed Waste Plastics.

c. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following degrees in Engineering or Science disciplines:

    I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent, or

    II. Master’s degree.

d. Applicants must also demonstrate previous research experience through thesis, publications or prior research projects.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

    I. academic merit,

    II. area of study,

    III. a research proposal on the topic of Chemical Recycling of Mixed Waste Plastics. The research proposal is to be prepared by applicants according to the University of Sydney Research Proposal Guide,

    IV. curriculum vitae,

    V. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in the research area and prior research experience, and

    VI. previous research experience.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. An extension of the stipend allowance for up to 6 months might be possible and it will be subject to funding and the research need at that time.

c. Subject to the approval from the Faculty of Engineering at the time of award, the Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) will be provided for a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

d. The recipient may apply for an extension of the academic course fees and SSAF for up to two research periods however this will be subject to approval from the Faculty and research needed at that time.

e. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding any potential extension period.

f. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

g. No other amount is payable.

h. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to attending and passing the annual progress review.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The Scholarship recipient receives up to 20 working days recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor's agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

a. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), and will only be granted if the research is essential for completion of the degree. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student's candidature. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

8.Suspension

a. The Scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.  

b. The Scholarship recipient may apply for up to 12 months suspension of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrolment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC, and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend and/or tuition fees.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

    I. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree,

    II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,

    III. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis,

    IV. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,

    V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend/tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend/tuition fee scholarship where it is of higher value,  

    VI. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

    VII. If the recipient ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave). 

b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

    I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,

    II. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or

    III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct. 

c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.  

11. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made in connection with the Scholarship.  Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship. 

b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period.  In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

12. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

13. Other Requirements

a. The successful recipient must abide by all the terms and conditions outlined in the CRC-P agreement between Integrated Green Energy Solutions LTD, Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd and the University of Sydney.

b. Intellectual property, conflict of interest, confidentiality, copyright, thesis and publication requirements and reports guidelines are specified in the CRC-P agreement and the successful recipient must comply with them.